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Young Horse Chesnut early leaf shed

Posted by Lindsay Smith , Nov 13,2005,10:19       Forum

Last year my horse chesnut sapling had a great year and doubled its height to about 12 inches. This year the growth was no more that 2 inches. There were plenty leaves and looked relativley healthy until all of a sudden towards the end of Sept, they turned brown and fell off. It's planted in a partially shaded south facing gently sloping garden in a mostly clay soil in amongst mature deciduous trees.
What I did notice at the time was that the soil was very dry.
Could the tree have shed its leaves early due to the very dry soil or is it probably dead?
(Currently it looks normal with the buds covered in sap as usual).
PS Is there any specila treatment or care required by Horse Chesnuts?

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